Police: Driver received sext before fatally hitting 86-year-old man in Holdrege

HOLDREGE, Neb. — Police say a Stamford woman received a sexually explicit text message seconds before hitting and killing an 86-year-old pedestrian with her car in Holdrege in June.

Cattarina Stock, 24, is charged in Phelps County Court with felony vehicular homicide, misdemeanor reckless driving, infraction use of a hand-held wireless communication device and infraction failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

On June 28, court records say, Stock was driving south on Burlington Street about 5:02 p.m. when her car allegedly struck Aldon D. Thieszen of Holdrege as Thieszen walked in a crosswalk across West Seventh Avenue.

Police say that during an investigation of Stock’s cellphone, they found a flirtatious text message conversation that took place between about 4:08 p.m. and 4:47 p.m. Stock allegedly received a final explicit text from the same number 28 seconds before the incident was reported by a witness.

Stock told police that she didn’t see Thieszen and that “he came out of nowhere,” court records say.

Police say Stock didn’t “forcefully apply the brakes on her vehicle prior to impact or after impact” with Thieszen.

Thieszen was taken to Phelps Memorial Health Center, where he died.

She is set to appear in court Jan. 22.

If convicted, Stock faces up to three years and seven days in prison.

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